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Escondido man commits suicide off of Old Highway 395 bridge

An Escondido man jumped to his death off of Bonsall’s Old Highway 395 bridge over Interstate 15 on Tuesday, November 17.

Witnesses reported seeing Leland John Davis, a 60-year-old married resident of Escondido, jump from the Old Highway 395 bridge onto the Interstate 15 shortly after 11:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Davis landed on the roadway below and was found lying in the number three lane of southbound I-15 by an off-duty Escondido police officer on his way to work. The officer called 911 and moved Davis off the freeway and onto the freeway shoulder.

Upon arrival, medics found Davis without a pulse. Advanced cardiac life support was initiated to no avail and death was pronounced via radio by a local hospital.

Medics noted injuries consistent with a fall and police found the decedent’s vehicle parked near the bridge on Old Highway 395. A suicide-type note was found in the decedent’s vehicle.

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